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and this is something that no one and no country can afford to ignore. choose a particular the lid open eu ukraine is in chaos right now and it's not the first time our western partners are missing with this country sometimes i get the feeling that across the ocean in america their assigned to sitting in a lab experimenting with people as if the word guinea pigs without realizing the consequences of their actions is which. some of the western world seems to be so preoccupied with making rock that looked like an aggressor perhaps when they showed me the can that is out who's really in charge in ukraine right now as i can look up their actions and their works. civilians during the fight scenes. i worry to much for bringing us a nearly three tapas are some of the highlights and president with this statement during qt with journalists there. while a layer from friends and our cottage to moscow where he appealed for help to restore order was read to the us. the council brushes and where was the revolting criticism of moscow's role in the crisis an emergency meeting israel for guys in your forest has mo
. first ukraine is a country on the brink of economic default. it's wants a rescue to keep its economy going. representatives have begun a 10-day visit to consider their consider. phil this is not the country's first bailout, another one was actually in the works until this recent turmoil. so this really did start with economic options. some of the protests were about a deal with europe that didn't go through? >> reporter: no, absolutely, ali. we look at the political strife and the military situation on the ground, but we forget where this started. and it all started with a trade deal on the table from brussels that the ukrainians were going to sign but then at the last minute were pulled back, many people say under the influence and pressure of moscow. that trade deal was supposed to bring ukraine more towards the west in a trade deal, but russia is equally trying to set up a trading block that would consist of many former soviet blocks. and now they find themselves in economic dire straits. we are learning about the former administration, and apparently they spirited away billions o
and the events in kiev have resulted in the fact that ukraine is on the brink of a civil war. in the country there is chaos and anarchy. the rights of people in the southeast part of crimea are being threatened. under the influence of western countries, there is terror and violence. this is why i would call on mr. putin, asking him to use the armed forces of the russian federation to establish legitimacy, peace, law, order, stability, and defend the people of ukraine. 3 march, 2014. i have an opportunity to show all of you a photocopy of the original of this statement of the president of ukraine. i show it to the president of russia. there it is. madam president, those who are trying to interpret this situation as aggression are threatening all with all kinds of sanctions and boycotts. these are indeed our partners who consistently have encouraged forces close to them to engage in alternatives and refrain from dialogue, to polarize ukrainian society. we call on them to show responsible approaches to set aside geopolitical calculations and to put above all the interests of ukrainian people. i
-- of noninterference in the internal affairs of a country and of respect for ukraine's independence, sovereignty, and territory. there are reasons why events in ukraine have progressed to where they are today. china will follow closely the developments on the ground and pull on all sides to find a political solution through dialogue and negotiations on the basis of respecting international law and principles of international relations and maintain peace and stability. thank you, madam president. >> i thank the representative for his statements. i give the floor to the representative of australia. >> thank you for this briefing. the situation in ukraine clearly continues to escalate. the potential for military confrontation is obvious. council last met on saturday, russian military activity in crimea area has seriously intensified and there are reports of more russian influence on ukraine's eastern and southern borders, violations of -- by fighter planes and reports of russian naval vessels blocking in crimea. we are seriously concerned about escalation of russian military activity. these actions
of the security council. for having given me the floor. remarks.our important support for my country. ukraine counts on the security council, madam, to exert all possible efforts on the international level in order to guarantee the protection of the ukrainian people, the sovereignty of my country, and its territorial integrity. >> at the beginning of this the debriefing of the distinguished member of the russian federation, with great attention. unfortunately, we still have not received any compelling answer to the simple question -- why are they military forces of the russian federation illegally occupying crimea and it -- and brutally violating international law and bilateral agreements? thatld like to remind you according to the budapest memorial on security assurances 1994 by states including russia itself -- my country got rid of its nuclear arsenal, while russia agreed to refrain from the use of threats territorygainst the or independence of ukraine. i want to underline that by this aggression the russian theration is undermining regime. i wish to brief you on the most recent developmen
, but the possibility still exists. it is a veiled threat. john kerry has now arrived for talks in ukraine, a country whose borders are changing. changed by the march of russian troop that's have fired the first shots in their take over of ukraine. they have marched toward russia trying to reach their war planes. soldiers open fired. they warned the ukrainians to stop. they did, but only after least four volleys of gunfire. a dangerous twist in an invasion the president has condemned. >> overtime this will be a costly proposition for russia. the strong condemnation that it has received from countries around the world indicates the degree to which russia is on the wrong side of history on this. >> the u.s. is looking at economic sanctions, but does russia's president care? amidst the crisis, russian war games lead by president pugh tin, a display of russian power, the timing deliberate. putin defiant. the exercises are not over, the take over is not, nor is the standoff at ukraine's military bases. >>> in his news conference, putin warned that economic sanctions against russia would be harmful because
in ukraine thereby contributing to mayhem that is happening in the country at the moment. here's more from us and foreign minister let's go to church because the bases july concert with the situation aggressively the threats in the swiss sanctions and boycotts of a same lesson on as a ballast them repeatedly and insistently in college the political power was the workplace of them to afford an ultimatum into refused on milk to ignore the concerns of the south and east of ukraine and ultimately to penalize ukrainian society. we are calling on everyone to replace the situation responsibly. but this auntie a political calculations and making tracks of the ukrainian people. the top priority. this is the opportunity to remind the western officials about the agreement was signed between the ukrainian president and the opposition leader's on every twenty first laid eyes on the west different. foreign ministers and being around her so that's exciting. however none of the points of the view we have been fulfilled by the opposition and yet we haven't heard a single word of criticism from the west also t
, irresponsible, threatening the security of europe, and a sovereign country of ukraine. we have been very clear about that for a long time in the discussions about this leading up to this -- you know, this tragic moment we're in now. >> charlie: what next for russia and the united states and ukraine? next. captioning sponsored by rose communications from our studios in new york city, this is charlie rose. >> charlie: we begin this evening with the escalating crisis in ukraine. russia's tightening its grip on crimea in the face of warnings by president obama and european leaders. the president spoke today in washington before a meeting with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. >> if they continue on the current trajectory they're on, that we are examining a whole series of steps -- economic, diplomatic -- that will isolate russia and will have a negative impact on russia's economy and its status in the world. >> charlie: secretary of state john kerry due to travel to kiev tomorrow. senator john mccain joins us from washington. earlier today he denounced the administration's foreign policy
now weighing its next steps in ukraine. russia shows no signs of pulling troops out of the country. >>> digging out again - washington forced to shut down as another winter storm cripples parts of the u.s. >>> memories uncovered from one of america's darkest chapters. the findings by archeological crews at an internment camp. >>. >>> dog mushers open their sleds for a nearly 1,000 mile trek. . >>> hi, everyone, welcome to al jazeera america. good to have you with us. i'm thomas drayton. >>> new developments overnight, president obama met with the national security team to discuss the crisis in ukraine. secretary of defense chuck hagel, secretary of state john kerry and susan rice were in the meeting. secretary of state john kerry boarded a plane at andrew's air force base, headed to kiev to meet with the interim government on tuesday. kerry's trip coming as russia shows no signs of backing off from crimea. they received a deadline to lay down arms or face a full-scale assault. russia de nice making that call. they say they were invited by president viktor yanukovych. nick schifrin
that belarus and ukraine and kazakhstan when they all became independent, when they became new countries, when they split off away from russia, they agreed to give up the nuclear weapons that were within their borders by the hundreds and by the thousands. what a different world this would be had they not made that decision, right? and it wasn't an easy decision for them to make. but they did it. and in fact it was 20 years ago this week that ukraine put the first 60 nuclear warheads from its intercontinental missiles on a train and sent that train from ukraine back to russia where the warheads got decommissioned. by that summer they had shipped triple that number of warheads. by two years later, the ukrainian president declared the nation of ukraine to be nuclear weapons free. and even though the country where chernobyl happened, ukraine, happened to -- they had to have been happy at a very deep level to be rid of all that nuclear liability, all those thousands of nuclear weapons stationed throughout that very big and at that point very young country must have been a scary thing, but particula
. standoff with ukraine troops in crimea. a court in egypt banned all hamas activities in the country. a push for independence, we take a look at the historic and cultural relationship between scott land and england as the sides continue to make their case. and racing to be crowned top dog and alaska's biggest horsing event. ♪ and russia has said that it has a legal basis for its intervention in ukraine. it says former president viktor yanukovych asked for russia's help and appears to be no sign that russia intends to pull its troops out of ukraine's crimea region and the international pressure on russia is mounting. u.s. actually john kerry is due to immediate the leaders on tuesday to show support. the u.s. is suspending military exercises and trade talks with russia and says it may consider sanctions. meanwhile an international body that keeps an eye on security in europe is conducting a fact-finding mission in ukraine. there has been a standoff between russia and ukrainian troops at an air base in crimea and soldiers have apparently agreed to cooperate with the russians. the ukrainian s
commander in chief ball for ukraine's maybe plates that what we're seeing in the rest of the country is perhaps the trust or to support within the military off the new government in kiev is declining as well the star reports that several special forces units rejected the borders to march toward the right needles old kid is now trying to recruit to the reserve servicemen but now it has not been going very well since my monday morning. only around one point five percent of these was a short short of actually york. i had to walk us through some of the development that played out over the weekend. well the biggest news over the weekend was definitely it russia's upper house of parliament getting to be all green lights for the deployment of three limited amount of russian troops. here in the crimea after being asked for assistance from local authorities to work. while being worried about threats coming from the new authorities in the new right wing radicals this news. i must state here on the ground was greeted with applause by the local since basically wouldn't hear the entire week and w
. and even though the country where chernobyl happened, ukraine, happened to -- they had to have been happy at a very deep level to be rid of all that nuclear liability, all those thousands of nuclear weapons stationed throughout that very big and at that point very young country must have been a scary thing, but particularly in a place that had had that horrible nuclear accident. even with that, it doesn't mean it was an altogether easy decision. it was years of negotiations as to what was going to happen with all those nukes. at one point the leader of ukraine cancelled the deal. he said ukraine was going to keep all its former soviet nuclear weapons. ultimately, though, they decided to let them go. they decided to let them all go in exchange for a few very practical things. first, they got paid. they got paid for the value of the highly enriched uranium that was in those nuclear warheads. second, they opened up an era of new strong relations with the west. remember, they had been part of the ussr. they are more european and western oriented than russia was going to be, but this is part o
, everybody must know that there is no united ukrain. ukrain is two different nations, two different countries, and because of very [ inaudible ] policy of [ inaudible ] this country survived until recently. but i always warn, and i have many, many publications and for 20 years, i am inside the russian politics, dealing with uranian policy, dined with many leaders, and i know practically everyone in politics. in 2005 in my article in february, victory of you shenco in ukrain is the greatest victory of russia. because if westerners outlawing russian language, russians -- everything concerns russia, having confrontational policy against russia, they are pulling the trigger and practically destroying their own country, and they achieved this goal in mie dan because all of these people starting to -- looking this armament effort in western ukrain, civil power billings in western -- >> can i please jump in? >> let's let olli jump in, and we're going to hit a break here -- >> let me finish my -- and during all of these things -- typical. typical. >> okay. i'm going to put both of you on pause. what
to explain what they really feel of the country of ukraine and the region of crimea. the long-standing ambassador to the united nations, read a letter which he said came from viktor yanukovych who was moscow's man until a couple of weeks ago, and called for russian forces to intervene in ukraine to save the country. afterwards they came out and read threater again. >> the country is in the grip of outright terror and violence driven by the west. in this context i appeal to the president of russia to used armed forces of the russian federation to reestablish the rule of law, peace, order, stability, and to protect the people of ukraine. >> reporter: so russia is saying it needs to protect the russian people in particular, and now has a letter from the deposed president, and they think he was deposed by a coup generated by the europeans and americans. >> what about reaction from the u.s.? >> reporter: completely different from [ inaudible ] who is the united states ambassador to the united states, she said since when has russia been the [ inaudible ] of human rights council. she
by the political situation in ukraine the country's paralympic committee says it's ready to boycott the games. if russia doesn't and its military intervention the committee posted the announcement on its official website following an emergency meeting in the capital kiev. the members agreed that if russia doesn't and its incursion by friday the game's opening day they would boycott the games the announcement calls on russia to resolve the crisis peacefully because many of the ukrainian athletes have russian friends and relatives the international paralympic committee says no country or territory has ever boycotted the summer or winter paralympics. three leaders appear to be living up to their side of an agreement on their nuclear program the head of the international atomic energy agency says they're reducing stockpiles of enriched uranium as planned. yuki amato address the meeting in vienna of the agency's board of governors. he was reporting on the status of an agreement last year between negotiators from iran and six world powers. the iranians agreed to curb their nuclear program in return
into a much less coveted spotlight. crimea is a peninsula of ukraine. you can see that it is quite the strategic location for the two countries, and home to one of russia's largest naval fleets. vladimir putin made the call to second troops there last week. this comes after months of protests by opposition activists who say they are fed up with corruption and a leader that they believe is inching away from the european union. the protesters now worry that their country's fate could be decided by foreign hands. more issues emerge ever day. so what lies heyed? joining us via skype is the director of institute for democracy and cooperation, an assistant professor of political signs at baylor university, a blogger out of moscow who just came back at the end of last year, and the vice president of the ukrainian association of north carolina. his organization is proukraine. welcome to all of you. olli, you have friends and family in ukraine. i know you get reports that never make it into the media, what are they telling you that they are seeing and hearing on the ground? >> that is corre
in europe said a military observer mission from the united states in 14 countries will visit ukraine to monitor the situation in crimea. this comes as efforts intensify. we go to mike viqueira for the latest. >> reporter: the day of claim and counter claims by some of the principle players in this face-off. this is the white house coming up with a coherent strategy with it'sality lies. >>> there is no excuse, says president obama, for what is happening. >> there iit is not based on con for russian-speaking nationals but russia exerting force on a neighboring country. >> reporter: for a second day president obama interrupted a scheduled event to address the crisis in ukraine. >> we're call forgive deescalation. >> reporter: amid international outcry president obama held out hope that vladimir putin was having second thoughts. >> reporter: but seconds after he spoke. >> there can only be one assessment. this is an anti-constitutional coup. >> reporter: speaking in public for the first time, calling the ousting of viktor yanukovych as unlawful. >> go to a shop you can buy any kind of un
in ukraine. thousands of russian troops are already on the ground and president obama says putin's country is, quote, on the wrong side of history. now, today, president obama warned there will be consequences. here's how we explained that. >> if, in fact, they continue on the current trajectory that they're on, that we are examining a whole series of steps, economic, diplomatic, that will isolate russia. and will have a negative impact on russia's economy and its status in the world. >> joining me now is a former nato supreme allied commander, general wesley clark, and the former u.s. ambassador to russia, michael mcfall. ambassador mcfall, let me hear from you. in 2008, putin rolled his tanks and fleet into georgia. and you heard the president just talk about it. the two provinces there he took are still under russian control. they weren't a lot of repercussions. he still has the problem. president saakashvili says there are things that president obama could do. he could freeze bank accounts for wealthy oligarchs who have houses in miami, as just an example. will that work? >> it's hard to
a rift in already fragile block. because ukraine is a big agriculture country as well. >> it is. very very large ex-porter of corn, wheat, and keep in mind that both ukraine and russia, most of their countries export to are in the middle east. they don't spend a lot back here, so remember sanctions won't effect their exports the problem is as this fighting is going on, we can see problems with crops and that can again hurt. what you are seeing right now if you are an investor looking to jump on the bandwagon, i think you need to be careful, the recent rallies in corn and wheat can be short lived. >> so it seems even a global crisis like ukraine watt the moment it isn't able to slow down that bold run, is there something else you may be looking at? >> again, what we do as -- investment advise discoers is just fry to find a trend, and the trend is bullish, it remains intact, if europe continues to falter, if china falters further, in other words if they don't continue to grow, and if they do not deliver, then yes, that derails things believe it or not this mess is steering assets back i
in your own language in your own country, which they want to be ukraine. >> we've seen these -- we've seen footage of pro-russian rallies in different parts of eastern ukraine, some of which have turned violent. what i'm hearing from you is that the folks showing up at that are not broadly necessarily representative of the populations in those areas. there's a sort of finer nuance to how they feel about russia, but there is not an active desire to rejoin russia in some sense? >> i think that's right. people here do not want to switch sides or anything, but they do have a concern that the government in kiev is not recognizing their rights as a russian-speaking minority. >> there is a lot of question right now, the russians have made the claim, vladimir putin, state television, that there are essentially vigilante attacks on russian speakers in the east and south of ukraine. a foreign minister defended russia's action by saying they're defending the fundamental right to light of the ethnic russians in those areas. is there any evidence that that is the case? >> i would not say that the lawle
and unmistakable. it's called freedom. so today in another part of this country, we're in a new phase of the struggle for freedom, and the united states reaffirms our commitment to ukraines sovereignty and territorial integrity. we condemn the russian confederations act of aggression, and we have throughout this moment, and evidence of a great transformation taking place, and in that transformation, we will standing with the people of ukraine. today ukrainians are demanding a government with the consent of the people, and i have to say that we all greatly admire the restraint of that the transitional government has shown as it makes this transition. they have shown restraint despite an invasion of ukrainian homeland, and the russian government that has chosen aggression and intimidation as a first resort. the contrast really could not be clearer, determined ukrainians demonstrating strength through unity and the russian government out of excuses, hiding its hand behind falsehoods, intimidation, and provocations. in the hearts of ukrainians in the eyes of the world, there is nothing st
occupation of the sovereign country of ukraine, and to make him think about what those costs might be. and to make people around him think about what those costs might be down the road. and to give him the chance to rethink where he's going with his operation in crimia. it's my own view, and i did just step down a few days ago, i was just working in moscow last week, that this is not some master plan that putin has planned out for years and years. this is a reaction from president putin to the fall of his partner, president yanukovych in kiev a few weeks ago. where it ultimately goes i don't think has been decided yet in moscow and therefore i think it is right to put that pressure on and think about where this could really cost russians, including russians very close to president putin. >> what do those costs look like? >> sanctions, freezing assets. remember, this is not the soviet union that invaded hungary in 1956 or czechoslovakia in 1968. this russia is fully integrated into the world economy. there are literally billions of dollars owned by russians in banks all over the west.
for the markets. >>thank you glen. that's glen schultz of performance trust. as the ukraine remains a country in managers are standing gaurd of the portfolios they manage. among them matt shapiro of mws capitol who is now looking at buying opportunities in eastern europe stocks... "no one knows what vladimir putin is going to do and what i've been telling my clients is kind of look at it from russia's perspective -- there is, in a sense, a little bit of an arab spring where a government of ukraine, which is in their sphere of influence, everyone has to recognize that, was overthrown and they want to protct theri lease until 2040 of their deep water fleet in the crimea. so, you've gotta look at it from that perspective, but i think things will wind down a little bit and even russian stocks, look at yandex which is the google of russia, was down 15% yesterday, so for very interpid investors yo can certainly look at stuff like that" our thanks to matt shapiro. chuck coppola steps in now with an update on manufacturing in the u.s. angie-- back in the u.s. a surprise bump in u-s man
are prepared to defend that country and if necessary, die for the territoryial integrity of u y ukrai ukraine. people are genuinely fearful on all sides that this could escalate into a much wider conflict. >> we speak a lot about it being a russian speaking area, but it is actually an ethnically diverse area. there are some who are muslims, other groups as well, and if you hear russian officials, they make it sound as if there have been widespread acts of violence against russian speaking people in crimea and eastern ukraine. in terms of what you've seen on the ground in crimea, have you witnessed any of that. have you had reports of any violence against russian speaking people prior to the russian troops arriving? >> none whatsoever, actually, in fact, i think people that -- the ukrainians are quite concerned about the russian presence. particularly the tatars who, if you recall in world war ii they were deported enmass by this -- by soviet forces and only allowed back in the early 1990s, they're vehemently anti-russian, and they're worried that if russian control becomes complete, they coul
to be provocative. indeed, as you say, they're neighbors. it's a big country. ukraine is a big country. russia is a bigger country. they need to get along, and they can get along there is probably a way in free trade to be able to have it both ways. have trade through the russians and trade to the europeans. that's not mutually exclusive. it may be mutually exclusive to be in this you'eurasian union. i said this on "meet the press" a week ago, eight days ago, i noticed a lot of people in the new government in kiev were walking around the palace and the presidency over there wearing ski masks. they weren't confident at all they weren't being provocative to moscow. and secondly, i noticed the russians didn't wear uniforms when they came. in both sides seem to be aware that this is going to go on for a while and they're hedging their bets a bit. it's fascinating. the insiders seem to know this thing is not going to be over for a while. >> that's right. and that's why the impression i got from talking to people inside the administration is that they want to be quite careful in both their public an
are witnessing an aggressive dictator, a thug and bully dismantling a major european country, ukraine. no two people have the same financial goals. pnc investments works with you to understand yours and helps plan for your retirement. talk to a pnc investments financial advisor today. ♪ bill: extreme weather alert. very cold start to the month of march causing slick road conditions outside dallas. look at the icy roads making a mess of traffic. backing up traffic for 15 miles. after self hours some of these drivers gave up and you found the nearest hotel. >> you couldn't go any farther. it was starting to get dark. it was bad enough in the light. >> it did damage to our car, spinning off. we need to get off and get a room for the night. bill: the below-freezing temperatures keeping the highways frozen solid. martha: president vladimir putin making his first comments on the ukraine. he says russia has every right to quell what he calls a coup in ukraine. russia is sending warships into the black sea tightening their grip over crimea. colonel peters says he believes the situation is irreversi
: but putin also went on to say that yanukovych has lost his power in ukraine, and can no longer return to lead. putin dismissed the west's support for the new government. as for his country's government in crimea, the russian president pointed to its historic ties to ukraine, calling it a fraternal partner bound by the partnership on the shores of crimea with a strong naval presence in the back sea. now del that naval port on the black sea has been within the russian spear of influence and control since the 18th century and katherine the great. it is highly unlikely they are going to get that out, it is key to their military power. but it is also important to note that vladimir putin said it wasn't just crimea he is looking at now, he is looking at the risk to russians in the eastern part of the country. del? >> phil ittner thank you very much. >>> and as we mentioned secretary of state john kerry is in ukraine today, the u.s. pledging $1 billion in aid, but also preparing sanctions against russia. lisa stark is in washington. >> del, as you mentioned that $1 billion aid package is the
's military invasion of ukraine could end up driving countries away from russia rather than closer. president putin is not backing down. today he called the ukraine government illegitimate saying it took power as a result of a coup. rebound says russia is on the wrong side of history. >> if they continue on the current path they are on, we are examining a whole series of steps -- economic, diplomatic -- that will isolate russia. >> secretary of state john kerry this morning arrived in the capital of kiev in a show of support. the united states is promising $1 billion in ukranian aid. can you stay on top of the rising crisis in ukraine by following our twitter. >> open pents of the plan to build a high-tech surveillance center will protest in oakland at the city council meeting which will vote on the establishment of a building they call a domain awareness center. the $10 million center is funded by homeland security and would integrate the existing cameras and mapping systems all under one roof. while fours say it is about keeping people safe opponents say it will allow law enforcement to spy
be a disaster for not just the two country but the whole nation. ukraine is really very peaceful nation. we have not had a military action in our territory since world war ii. so what we go through now is a nightmare for the nation, and it's important to pay enough attention to that >> i imagine, because i do know that is the case. you guys gave up your nuclear weapons, and there has been little mill tarism coming out of ukraine. how does ukraine move forward. is there a chance that there'll be direct dealings with putin and his regime. an analyst said the best hope is for yulia tymoschenko to deal with vladimir putin directly. is that a possibility? >> i think all the negotiations possibility should be used. on the other hand we have a legitimate government in ukraine, recognised by all the key international players and institutions, and i see no reason for moscow. kremlin, russia not to communicate with the garment. the next step in crimea is clear. we should pull the troops back from the region. if the cremia wants more autonomy, it can be discussed. he's ready to give much power as possible,
country. and already president putin has now said if ukraine fails to pay in full in february for their gas supplies they will owe russia almost $2 billion. so the gas supplies to europe very much come through ukraine. this is a key concern for everyone in the region. >> that's right. but also for a lot of people in europe. and i think the whole issue we have seen it becoming sort of tense and at the international stage on and off for quite a few years now. it is still one of the nonmilitary weapons which russia can use against ukraine. there's been a lot on that. the discount it seems will disappear and ukraine will have to pay full market price. big question mark about whether ukraine can afford this. >> all president putin said in terms of the russian market some stabilization today, he said that that was a tactical and temporary decision by investors. >> well, that is putin. having said that, the russian markets and economy as a whole lost on monday more than the olympics cost russia. yes, they have come back. i think this morning it is up 3%, 4%. it is one of the russian
government would have you believe that that will have been mass attacks on churches in eastern ukraine. that hasn't happened. but vladimir putin remains adamant the west does not understand this country. he says that ukraine is well within the sphere of russia's control. and that basically the west is looking at ukraine as some sort of laboratory experiment, in democracy. in his speech, today to the russian press, vladimir putin also took an opportunity to say that while he doesn't intend to use force, if he wants to, he can. >> if we make this decision, it would be soully to protect citizens and that any military personnel just fry and shoot, and we will behind those people, not in front of them, behind, just try to have them shoot and women and children. i would like to look into the eyes of those that would order that. >> that's almost exactly what secretary of state said while he was here. that there are plans to put pressure on russia, using diplomatic political, and economic measures. but the secretary of state said that while the u.s. can do it, they don't want to. >> and that i
country into that country reis baseless. russia has argued that russian-speaking minority ins ukraine are in danger, but no evidence of that threat has been presented. joining us from london is rory finan at the university of came bridge. we have been watching the standoff in crimea for most of the day? >> it's incredible to watch the stand-off. wang shots were fired but everything seemed to calm down. it's very difficult to gauge just how volatile the situation is there. >> we have russian troops vladimir is projecting as self-defense forces which is a miss truth surrounding soldiers who are not armed and firing warning shots. what the we are waiting for is the other shoe to drop, a series of prove indications that would legitimate more military force between two of europe's largest countries in a very strategic part of the world. the u.s. is offering finance cial help. how urgently does ukraine need that? >> incredibly urgently. it needs it yesterday, as we say. ukraine's finances are in a desperate situation. we need to keep in mind that viktor yanukovych and his so-called family t
are witnessing an aggressive dictator, a thug ashg bully dismantling a major european country, ukraine the world going to wring it's hands, administration will cry, threaten and boo hoohoo, and putin already won. >> there is nothing. you're suggesting there could be sanctions that would be punishing enough to get him to change his posture? >> no. no. putin has never backed down from anyone. he's not a bluffer, he is trained as kgb agent handler. he has obama's number, the number is 0 this, president talks and does nothing. putin did he say i'm going to get crimea? no. he did it. that is the way he would do it. the only powerful leader in eur asia is a horrible leader named vladimir putin. obama, it's not that obama won't like to do something. he has no idea on earth what to do. >> thank you very much. grim picture. we've got a lot more to talk about tonight on this international crisis including breaking news out of the pentagon on how the u.s. is now planning to react. we'll see what colonel peters thinks of that, plus, this. >> a big vote this week on a doj nomination of a man that defended a
this is russia territory. >> reporter: and not a single shot has been fired ukraine remains a country on edge. fearing that russia's swift take over of crimea can spread, northeast pro-russian protesters occupy a government building. >> any spread of the conflict to be on crimea to eastern ukraine could immediately and almost inevitably involve a great deal of blood shed. >> reporter: while they are condemning action vladimir putin is talking about that and in a letter by ousted leader yanukovych he pleads for an intervention and the ambassador to the u.n. read the letter at an emergency session. >> i appeal to vladimir putin to use the forces of the federation and have peace, order stability and to protect the people of ukraine. >> reporter: and in yet another sign that russia is recognizing crimea as a separate entity from ukraine, russia's prime minister asked his cabinet to provide a financial aid package. a bail out, ukraine's new government says by the aggressors who are now holding the country's economy hostage. >> reporter: phil, is there anything coming out of this press conference
russian after their invasion of ukraine. >> i think the strong condemnation it received from county countries around the world -- >> the president made the remarks, president obama said he also wants congress to pass an aid package for ukraine. the united nations discussed the situation in ukraine. the outed president of ukraine had asked for russian troops to maintain order. they accused russia of fabricating it. >>> a cross country trip aiming to raise awareness. he is a juggler with the cirque du soliel raising money for people hurt or killed when protesters clashed with police in kiev and he is asking people to sign a flag he will send to ukraine. >> well wishes from american people and send the writing on the flag, send it to the center of kiev. support from america to ukraine. >> he plans to end his trip in front of the white house. he hopes he can get a member of the administration to sign the flag before he sends it to ukraine. >>> dozens of jobs are available and oakland police are trying something new to fill them. the three things they need strengthen the department. >> t
to control or detablize this country but -- destablize this country but more importantly that ukraine does not turn to nato or go to the e.u. it's a threat to him and his system which is authoritarian, corrupt system, for a country which is so similar to russia and which many russians think is almost like a little russia to become a western democracy and he wants to do that by saying he declared i am going to intervene militarily to stop ukraine from doing things that i, like it could do. he was speaking about a province. it was incredible performance and it is something, if the west allows him to get away with this, it will set terrible precedent and undo 20 years what the u.s. tried to achieve in europe after we, by the way, won the cold war. jenna: interesting to hear you explain the stakes being on the ground and having traveled to that region many, many matthew, we encourage your viewers to check out your writing. appreciate you joining us today. look forward to you talking to us again soon. thank you so much. >> thank you for having me. jon: dueling speeches from the two top diplomat
to the political unrest in the country, the game has been moved from the ukraine to cypress. now, there was uncertainty that the game would go on at all. the ukraine football federation told a local tv station yesterday that the game was off, but the u.s. soccer team tweeted earlier this morning that they were on their way to the game. and guys, this is, you know, a pretty big deal. people are saying why not cancel the game altogether? but they're 100 days away from the world cup and the u.s. team only has two tune-up games, this game being one of them. so, obviously, they would like to get on the field and play. and like i said, they'll try to play the game in cypress tomorrow. hopefully, it goes on as scheduled. >> the u.s. team needs the game for training, but those players on the ukraine team i think must have a lot on their minds right now. >> true. >> i hope they make whatever choice is right for them and their families, to be sure. all right, andy scholes, really appreciate it. >>> all right, breaking news this morning, ukraine on the brink of war with russia. the world re
want to break up the ukraine, split the country in two? is that his end game? >> i think it is. i think he'll push even further if we show no resistance. >> do you agree with that, nick burns? to split ukraine into two? >> i think his strategic objective is to control ukraine, having an association agreement with the eu. if he can do it without dividing the ukraine, he'll do it. but i think it's about control more than anything else. >> larry, could i add one comment? >> yes, sir. >> in the background of all that, we talk about muscular language in the senate over black sea posturing of the u.s. navy. we just announced the smallest armed forces since 1940, we're standing down half the navy's cruisers. we are about to stand down all the a-10 fighter aircraft. the army is about to go to allegedly 420,000 people. so the backdrop of muscular foreign policy, meaning signaling with military capabilities, is sort of a nonsense approach to this whole crisis. >> of course i agree with you. to me, novice that i am, this is a political issue, this is a diplomatic issue and a financial issue, which
with a look at today's eye opener your world in 90 seconds. >> russian president vladimir putin says ukraine's ousted president is the only legitimate leader of the country and what's happening now is a coup. >> russia stands its ground in ukraine. >> shots fired in an attempt to control the advancing ukrainian troops, coming back to their base. >> we have the top -- >> secretary of state john kerry touched down in ukraine this morning. >> ukraine's navy reportedly ordered to surrender or be stormed. >> russia is on the wrong side of history on this. >>> deep freeze settling in. 45 outside of dallas was turned into a parking lot. >> i'm going back the other way. >> i just want to go home. >>> today is primary day in several states. the most high-profile race is in texas. state senator wendy davis is expected to grab the democratic nomination for governor. >>> it is fat tuesday, annual mardi gras parade bourbon street already packed with partier s partiers. >>> bill gates once again is the richest person in the world with a net worth of $76 billion. >>> national corve
if you move in a similar fashion against ukraine. it is probably true, you'v it sn the country over the last couple of days, that the flip-flops of the president with respect to syria may have signaled indecisiveness to put in but i don't think that was known as important as the aftermath of the recent policy. even after most had concluded that the recent policy was dead, the administration continued to act as if we needed russia more than russia needed us. in afghanistan, iran and syria, for example. we should not be surprised then that putin believed he could take a risk of invading crimea given the signals that have been sent to him by the president. the real question i think is, is this. what has the administration really learned from the crisis? jimmy carter learned after the soviet invasion of afghanistan that his previous assumption about the supposedly inordinate fear of communism was not really because of the soured relations of the soviet union. he learned that was not the case. actually have something to do with soviet ambitions. and to his credit president carter, to his
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